Author Archives: DivaFish Business Coaching

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Announcement: DISC Workshops

 

I am really pleased to announce our next set of workshops based on the DISC behavioural profile in August and September.

Communicate with Style: DiSC Basics

This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style and awareness of other styles.
Dates: August 22nd or September 20th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

Build Powerful Networking Relationships with Advanced DiSC

Date: September 29th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

You will learn how to use the DiSC profile to identify the behavioral style of people you meet and  dramatically increase your communication effectiveness. Included is a personalized assessment and report of your personal style (value $50).

This is ideal for networkers, sales people and teams, business owners and entrepreneurs who depend on the ability to connect with people they meet to open relationship doors and close sales. It will change the way you approach clients and tailor your style to give them the best environment possible.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Understanding the DISC profile and your personal profile
  • Assessing typical questions in a prospect’s mind
  • Choosing approaches to connecting based on profile
  • Understanding what motivates prospects (and what demotivates them)
  • Creating ways to stay engaged (customer retention)

For more details and how to register, click here.


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Coaching Tools of the Trade

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tradespeople have tools that are unique to their industry. Here’s a link to my post on tools that I use in coaching…


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May DISC Workshops Registration Now Open

Our April workshops had great feedback and more importantly, impact on how people understand themselves and each other. Our May workshops are now open for registration.

Communicate with Style: DISC Basics is all about YOU! Learn about your own behavioural style, strengths and struggles and get some practical tips on how to adapt what isn’t working for you about your style.

Building Sales Relationships with Advanced DISC is all about connecting with prospects and clients. You will learn how to recognize your buyer’s profile, what works best for them while harnessing the innate strengths of your own style.

Here’s more info and how to register: http://divafish.com/events-workshops/ ‎


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Difference Between Life Coach and Business Coach

Are you curious about what is the difference between a life coach and a business coach? Here is how I distinguish between the two in my guest post on BNI Amplify…


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Awesome feedback on our first DiSC workshop…

 

Here’s some of the amazing feedback from our first DiSC workshop:

Mike Snetsinger, General Insurance Broker, AC&D Insurance

I went to Anne’s workshop last week with my daughter. It was a great opportunity to open the communication channels and for both of us to get some insight into one another’s behaviours and personality traits.

Anne and Darrell are a great team they are dynamic and engaging and as I learned can related to every one in the group.

If you are looking to energize your work or family communication this seminar is great way for you to kick start the process.

– Mike Snetsinger

 

Ricky Shetty, Networking with Purpose

Anne is a passionate presenter – full of energy and enthusiasm while at the same time being fully focused on the needs of the audience. I recently attended Anne’s evening seminar on DiSC Basics – Communicate with Style and took away many actionable and practical tools for my professional and personal life.

Ricky Shetty

 

 

 

 

 

 


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March 19th Workshop – Communicating with Style: DiSC Basics

This is the second evening workshop coming up on using the DiSC Profile to understand your own style in behavior and communication. ** registration deadline has been extended til 5pm.

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Or why you click naturally with some people and not with others?  This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style. Raising your awareness of your natural preferences will empower you to connect with your innate talent and abilities and use them to connect more powerfully with other people.

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

This workshop is ideal for sales people, managers, team members and business owners.

DivaFish Communications provides coaching and training in personal development, leadership and team connection and community building.
The common thread is developing the ability to maintain personal integrity while in relationship with other people and organizations.
We are experienced in working with organizations of all shapes and sizes, from one person pre-startups to not-for-profits and
international, public companies. We believe that the key to connecting with other people is to first understand yourself.

Anne Whitmore, Personal Coach & Corporate Trainer

Anne is a professionally trained, certified Co-Active® coach and corporate trainer who is known for helping people connect with
themselves and their community. She specializes in working with business leaders to build their businesses in alignment with their
value systems and own their lives.
Anne has been an entrepreneur for all her life (she had her first business at 6) and has been officially self employed for 11 years.

Darrell Ross, Corporate Trainer
Since 1997, Darrell Ross has delivered hundreds of workshops, seminars and keynotes helping business professionals generate more sales
through effective relationships. He has spoken at international seminars in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Seattle and presented
in corporations and trade associations. Darrell is a contributing author to the new York Times best seller “Masters of Networking” and
the Wall Street Journal best seller “Masters of Success”.

Darrell helped develop a “How to Do Business on the Golf Course” training program that has since been franchised throughout North
America. He is currently the corporate trainer for an immigration consulting firm based in Vancouver.

Simple. Practical. Powerful.
*Registration closes for this event at 5 pm on Friday, March 16th.


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March 6th Workshop – Communicate with Style: DiSC Basics

This is another evening option for the DiSC Basics workshop.

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Or why you click naturally with some people and not with others?  This 3 hour workshop introduces the DiSC profile of four behavioural styles to help you understand your personal style. Raising your awareness of your natural preferences will empower you to connect with your innate talent and abilities and use them to connect more powerfully with other people.

Benefits of this workshop:

  • Understand the 4 basic behavioural styles (DiSC)
  • Have a clear understanding of your personal style
  • Learn about what issues are important to you in communication
  • Have a strategy to interact more effectively

This workshop is ideal for sales people, managers, team members and business owners.

 

Simple. Practical. Powerful.

*Registration closes for this event at noon on Friday, March 2nd.


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Tis the season… to be focused

Coaching is about perfecting that perfection... ;)

My TCM doctor and good friend Dr. Melissa Carr said the other day, “The New Year is a great time for me to find referrals for you because people are taking stock of their life, what they want to do, what they didn’t do last year. It is a good opportunity to introduce coaching to them.” So true.

What did you set out to do last year (maybe in the form of a resolution)? How did it go? What support structures did you have in place to assist you? Did you meet or exceed your goal? If so, way to go!!! If not, what did you do instead?

Making a resolution is the first step... then there's the follow through

 

What are your dreams and goals for the coming year? What is different about this year?

Who are you becoming? Who are you leaving behind?

Where are you now?

What would support look like for you to accomplish what you want?

What is your focus this year?

 

Working with a coach will help you clarify your goals, create an action plan and have accountability to make it happen. Try a 20/20 session with me to pinpoint a goal for this year.

 

In Joy,

anne


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Tis the season… to be calm

Have you noticed the pace has picked up this month? When you step into a mall, the frenzy is almost palatable. People scurrying around, desperate for the perfect gift, worried that they have forgotten someone, and distracted by the myriad of colors and choices on display. Bright lights, big stress!!!

The holiday season is meant to be about love, joy and sharing. Somehow the combination of generosity, obligation and tradition with a healthy dose of commercialism has created a mindset that is antithetical to the intention behind the actions. There is a contagious element to the frenetic holiday vibe too. The good news is that we get to choose how we will be about the holidays.

 

Several years ago, I talked with my family about Christmas and how I was feeling. My preference is to buy gifts for people throughout the year if I see something I think they will really love. I think that in my family, we generally have everything we need and if we don’t, we go and get it. I would rather spend time with someone doing something meaningful than swapping gift cards or checks. Communicating about values has made gift giving a lot lighter and more enjoyable in my family.

If we look at holiday stress as a bit of an epidemic, what is the antidote or inoculation?

– Being clear on what is important or a priority. What will set the house on fire if you don’t do it? What can wait? What is significant even though it is not urgent?

– Setting reasonable goals and timeframes (I remember helping my brother on Christmas Eve to shop for a present for my parents. We actually slid between closing doors to the department store so that we didn’t get locked out… we made it fun but it was also chaotic)

– Take care of yourself. Planning down time – In the go-go-go pace, make time for yourself to relax. You may even need to make appointments with yourself in your calendar. Do things that you enjoy doing or find relaxing. Go see your acupuncturist to boost your immune system and have stress relief. Eat well AND regularly. Have a bubble bath. Take a yoga class. The better rested you are, the more equipped you will be to handle the extra pressure of the season.

– Communicate with the people around you about your approach to the holiday season. Design with your family how you would like to handle different aspects of your time together. Be mindful of your responses and words when people talk about how stressed or crazy they feel. You get to either collude with their stress or be a stress buster.

Sometimes I feel a bit like a country girl floating through the big city. I like to keep life simple (even when traveling at break neck speed) and not engage with the drama.

What is your relationship with calmness?


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Tis the Season… of Traditions

Our family has some Swedish heritage so our big family event is Christmas Eve (although, now that I think about it, we also have Christmas Day brunch and turkey dinner on Christmas Day. So we actually had 2 full days of activities… Funny how we can

tell ourselves something that sets a frame when the reality is actually wider.)

Anyhow, we have certain Swedish things that have always been part of our  family tradition on Christmas Eve like sil (pickled herring), potatiskorv (potato sausage) and spritz (little shortbread cookies). Usually the kids help out with making these throughout the week leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we have dinner at my parents’ with our traditional foods (every now and then my mom tries to throw other things in). After dinner, the dishes must be done before we sit together in the living room and listen to my father read the Christmas story from the Bible. Lighting the advent wreath is also another tradition in our home so on Christmas Eve, the white candle is lit to symbolize the birth of Jesus. My dad will say a prayer of gratitude and blessing and then…. the presents!

The youngest in the family is always the one who hands out the gifts from under the tree (and the tree is always Charlie Brown style as per my dad’s preference). We usually take turns opening one gift at a time. Anyone who receives clothing must model it (this was quite funny when I was younger because my mom’s mom would send her underwear every Christmas. Not only were they granny panties but they were always way too big.) After all the presents are opened (and my dad has collected the paper for recycling), we sit back at the table for dessert.

Over the years, our traditions have changed slightly. I think my mom has managed to add some vegetables to our Christmas Eve dinner. We used to read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” together over the weeks of advent and then read the final chapter on Christmas Eve. That no longer is part of our practice although there is usually a joke about the Herdman’s during the evening. In the last couple years, we also play a domino game called the Mexican Train after dessert. Some years, we have included other people at different meals but we have decided that Christmas Eve is most special to us when it is our family at the table.

This year, my new in-laws will be joining us for our Christmas Eve festivities. We have added a new twist to presents as we have added new people to the mix. This year we are doing a present swap. Each person is bringing a wrapped gift with a maximum cost of $25 and we will choose a gift and maybe swipe from each other. Just for kicks, we are doing a second gift with a maximum value of $1.

 

What are your traditions?

How have they evolved?

What do they mean to you?

Where is your frame set on narrow when there is more in the wider picture?